Douglas B. Davenport

PURPLE HEART
Private Douglas B. Davenport has been awarded the Purple Heart Medal for wounds received in action August 25 near Rouen, France.

In Hospital in England After Being Wounded
THE 34TH GENERAL HOSPITAL, England. Wounded by shrapnel, while he was advancing with his company near Rouen, France, during a Nazi assault, Private Douglas Davenport, 37, of 302 1/2 Mappa Street, Eau Claire, is now recovering at this United States Army General Hospital in England. He has been awarded the Purple Heart.

"Private Davenport is making normal progress," said Major C. E. Basham of Wichita, Kansas, his ward surgeon. 

"After the Germans were driven out of Paris, they retreated near the Seine River and set up several strong points there," Private Davenport said. "To drive them out of that sector, we had to take a small village. While the battle was going in full swing, an enemy shell burst nearby and I got hit." 

Private Davenport is a graduate of Eau Claire High School and attended Eau Claire State Teachers College. He was a member of the Eau Claire National Guard for eight years, before entering the Army in November 1943. He was employed by the Colgate-Palmolive-Peet Company as a salesman.

He has two brothers, Major C. L. Davenport and Captain Irving Davenport, now serving in the Pacific area. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. F. B. Davenport, reside at the Mappa Street address.  His wife, Mrs. Genevieve Davenport, and their six-year-old daughter, Mona Jean, live at 38 Washington Street, New Lisbon.